- The Eastern Red Bat
- The Seminole Bat
- The Hoary Bat
- The Northern Yellow Bat
- The Big Brown Bat
- The Evening Bat
- The Eastern Pipistrelle
- The Silver-Haired Bat
- The Free-tailed Bat
On certain nights in the area you can see hundreds of them taking flight, off to look for food. With so many flitting about it’s little wonder that they eventually end up in our homes and businesses.
When they get into buildings they are not harmless. Instead, they cause disease and a great deal of damage to almost any structure they get into. It’s important to protect your investments by handling bats the right way.
Here’s what you need to know.
Bat Houses Don’t Help Prevent Bats
Sorry: you can’t keep bats out of your home by building them a more attractive habitat.
Bat houses are certainly a good idea if you want to help threatened bat populations. Bats just can’t exercise any discernment that might make them say: oh, that house is for me, so I’ll stay out of this person’s attic.
Instead, some bats will roost in the bat house and then other bats will arrive. If your home is accessible, some of them will go roost in your attic.
In fact, you should be very careful about putting up a bat house or encouraging bats in any other way if you have not yet taken steps to make your home inaccessible to them.
They Are Gentle and Beneficial When They Stay Outside
You don’t want to go the other extreme wherein you start murdering bats with traps and lures and poisons. Bats have a lot going for them.
They eat insects, including mosquitos. They are seed-dispensers and pollinators, which means they’re vital to our food-bearing ecosystems. They are gentle little animals and are about as clean as any wild animal ever is.
They’re also endangered because a lot of people kill bats thanks to old superstitions that say they’re dangerous, aggressive, or evil animals.
We don’t want to contribute to their endangerment. We just want to prevent them from doing damage to your home.
Humane Bat Removal Solves the Problem
Here at Elite Wildlife Services, we help the home and business owners in the Woodlands seal off the areas that bats might use to access their homes. We then trap and remove bats safely, putting them somewhere they can do some good while preventing them from doing any more damage.
If you think you might have bats in your home, don’t panic, don’t reach for poison, and don’t waste your money on “bat deterrents” that don’t work.
Call us to take them out of your home or office so that you can get back to living a happy, bat-free lifestyle.
While the team at Elite Wildlife Services is happy to provide you with humane bat removal services, it’s always nice when we can keep them out of your house in the first place. In addition, once you’ve paid for creature removal the last thing you want to do is see them return.
Here are a few tips for ensuring bats will want to find places other than your attic to build their next home.
Prevent Bats by Blocking Entry Points
The easiest way to prevent a bat problem is to block their access to your home. Bats can use relatively small holes to get into your space.
Start with window screens, chimney caps, and draft guards beneath attic doors. You’ll also want to caulk electrical or plumbing holes. Yes, bats don’t always get into the attic: sometimes they fly in through an open door or window, too!
Check out this page from Bat Conservation International to see all the surprising entry points that bats can use to get into your house.
Avoid Using Lights to Discourage Bats
Motion lights are a great security measure, as are porch lights and entry lights. We’re not discouraging you from using those.
Some people try to shine huge spotlights on their attics to keep bats away though, and this is a bad idea. This is because the lights will just attract more insects. While the light may annoy the bats a little the concentrated food source will more than make up for the inconvenience.
As for the lights you have to have? Swap out white lights for yellow ones. They attract fewer insects, which means even fewer food sources.
Other Repellent Devices
Most repellents simply don’t work very well. For example, expensive audio repellents don’t always do a good job of keeping bats away. Scent-based repellents are more likely to upset the people who live in the home than the bats.
Fortunately, once you’ve closed off access to your home you should be safe. There’s nothing wrong with having bats near your home as long as you don’t have them in it. After all, they’ll keep the mosquito population down in your yard, and they don’t hurt anything so long as they’re staying out of human habitats.
If you do get bats in your home, well, you know who to call. We’ll help you get rid of that bat colony, and will take steps to ensure they don’t come back ever again.